Re-gaining Control: An Update from Emma

For three years I didn’t have any control. First I was sick, because my Crohn’s disease had come back in my detached rectum. I didn’t know how sick I was until I came home for spring break and didn’t go back to school for three weeks. Maybe I thought things were okay because I didn’t have a colon anymore; it turns out a bleeding rectum isn’t exactly great either.

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Brooke Bogdan
Surviving the Holidays with IBD

No matter what you celebrate, you have to admit that it’s one of the best times of the year. That being said, the holiday season can also be a depressing time for those suffering from IBD. Up until having my colon removed, I didn’t know if I’d be able to do simple things... 

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Brooke Bogdan
Rasheed’s Story – No Filter on Fear

Don’t tell me I’m cured. I will fight you. I don’t have colon, this is true. So if I don’t have a colon, I couldn’t possibly have ulcerative colitis, right? Well, just hang on. Put the name ulcerative colitis aside for a minute and unders

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Brooke Bogdan
Victoria’s Story – No Filter on Surgery #2

No matter what life throws at you, things WILL get better. The second surgery is tough whether it goes perfectly or if you have complications. But staying positive and taking it day by day will get you to where you need to be. “Never let a bad day make you feel like you have a bad life.”

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Brooke Bogdan
Gaylyn’s Story – No Filter on Pain

After seeing doctor after doctor, trying to get help for my new diagnosis, after coming to the realization that I will have to have another major surgery,…again, one doctor told me that he couldn’t help me.  I wasn’t upset, I wasn’t mad; I wasn’t even frustrated because you see the thing was I respected his candor. Because most doctors don’t want to address the issue or can’t even figure it out.

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Brooke Bogdan